Barely a week after Mbooni MP Kisoi Munyao, moved to the High Court seeking the suspension of the commission of inquiry in to the dissolution of Makueni County, the county government is now accusing the MP of attempting to disrupt the inquiry process.
The county government said it reads mischief in the legislator’s move to stop the public hearings of the inquiry team appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to look into a dissolution petition filed by more than 50,000 residents following incessant wrangles between Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).
Through lawyer John Nyamu, the county government said the MP’s petition was meant to stop the inquiry process and deny the people of Makueni their constitutional right.
While representing the county government at the high court before Justice Mumbi Ngugi early last week, Lawyer Nyamu said the MP had not in his plea, proved that the petition of the residents had been faulty.
“Kisoi Munyao’s petition is misguided, untimely, mischievous and disgraceful,” he said.
The lawyer also dismissed accusations that the governor initiated the dissolution of the county.
The Mbooni MP moved to court on April 22, to have the inquiry stopped, saying the process was a breach of the law. In his application through lawyer Tom Ojienda, the Kisoi argued that there was no public participation and the reasons of the petition had not been publicized.
The legislator had also argued that since there was no civic education on the petition many residents did not understand the petition and could therefore make informed decisions of whether to dissolve the county or not.
The Mohammed Nyaoga- led commission and the Attorney General Githu Muigai who has sought to be enjoined in the case as an amicus curiae opposed the MP’s petition through Lawyer P Beta, who said that there was no condition for direct public participation and that the petition had already been filed by more than 50,000 residents.
The ruling of the case has been slated for May 8, 2015.
The commission started its sittings despite the MP’s petition on April 23 at the Kenya International Convention Center (KICC) and has scheduled a public hearing in Makueni on May 5.